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Country Safety Specialist – Mogadisho 4 views

Department:  Somalia
Workplace:  Mogadishu
Contract Type: National contract
Posted: 15 May 2023
Expires: 28 May 2023

DRC Somalia/Land

DRC has been operating in Somalia since 1998 using a protection of human rights framework. Somalia is experiencing a devastating humanitarian crisis, with nearly 80% of the population in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. DRC in Somalia is scaling up the operation in emergency response through an integrated approach accessing hard to reach populations.

Overall purpose of the role

The Country Safety Specialist (CSS) will be responsible for supporting the Head of Safety and Humanitarian Access (HoS) in the development and implementation of the DRC Safety Risk Management (SRM) system in Somalia and Somaliland, in close cooperation with the Country Director, AM and area Safety assistants for DRC in Somalia and Somaliland..


Safety Risk Management

  • Facilitate compliance audits as part of the Safety Risk Management (SRM) system, including Minimum Operating Safety Standards (MOSS) and Safely Level System (SLS) audits in Somalia/Somaliland.
  • Assist in the drafting and implementation of safety management policies, protocols and procedures, including MOSS and follow up Safety Improvement Plans.
  • Facilitate Program access and continuity through the provision of dependable advice, weekly sit-reps, and safety advisories, as needed.
  • Facilitate Safety Risk Assessments (SRAs) and support the implementation of mitigation measures.
  • Maintain relevant safety documentation, data and records, including training registers and incident inquiries and reporting.

Training, supervision and support

  • Training of local staff and mentoring of Local Safety Officers (LSOs) and Safety Focal Points (SFPs), including Personal Awareness and Safety Training, staff inductions, and training on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Support and assist in coordinating the country level Incident Management Team (IMT) and Area IMTs.
  • Represent the Somalia Programs within inter-agency fora as related to safety issues.
  • In coordination with the Area Managers, Mentor and provide technical supervision to area safety team in executing their day-to-day safety operations and activities in Somalia and Somaliland.
  • Act as Country Safety Coordinator in the absence of the CSC.

The responsibilities listed in the JD are not exhaustive and may be readjusted according to operational needs but will remain in line with the overall purpose of the role.

About you

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s five core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum 3 years of working experience in the field of safety with NGOs/INGOs in the Somali context
  • Degree in political science, peace & conflict studies, history or disaster management.
  • Previous management and/or supervisory experience, preferably in an NGO setting
  • Ability to conduct and produce high quality safety risk assessments (SRAs)
  • Proven ability to develop and implement effective and contextualized protocols and systems
  • Experience with information gathering, analysis and report writing
  • Experience working in multicultural work settings
  • NGO safety management experience is desirable
  • Computer software skills, including sound knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Power point
  • Stable, moral and robust character and a good team-player
  • Willingness to travel widely throughout the Somali region
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing, including negotiations and mediation
  • Experience with delivering safety-related training
  • Experience working in hostile or hazardous environments (DRC SLS 5 and above) with Ability to travel freely throughout Somalia/Somaliland
  • Full professional proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Fluency in local spoken language.
  • East Africa deployment experience.


Contract:         12 months with possibility of extension, subject to funding and performance. Salary and other conditions are offered in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment for National Staff; Employment band Non-Management G1

Availability:       1st June 2023

Duty station:    This position is based in Mogadishu – Somalia

Reporting Line:  Head of Safety and Humanitarian Access

Application and CV

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered

Qualified Female candidates highly encouraged to apply

DRC only accepts applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies.


Please submit your application and CV in English no later than 28th May 2023.

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